When: 7 May 2014, 12:30 - 21:00 hours and 8 May 2014, 09:30 - 17:30 hours

Where: Biopolis, Matrix Building, Level 4, Breakthrough Theatre

Why: Meet new developers, explore new APIs, and put your hacking skills to test against other developers from around Asia. Plus, you can win some cool prizes! if you wanna offer your API for this hack day, please contact Willis[at]techinasia.com

What to expect:

  • A 2-day hackathon
  • Limiting to 200 developers across Asia
  • Build applications. You're free to choose your own platform (native, mobile, web etc)
  • Top 3 prizes provided for best hacks
  • 8+ challenges posted to developers by local and international tech brands with attractive prizes including cash prizes, gadgets, internship opportunities, and potential investments. (Challenges to be announced soon)
  • Demo Day one week after hackathon for serious developers to polish up their apps and to work on their pitches. Publishable apps are most welcome


Day One - 7 May 2014 (Wednesday)

12:30 - 13:00 : Registration

13:00 - 13:10 : Welcome Speech and House Rules

13:10 - 14:30 : Presentation (challenges and prizes by sponsors)

14:30 - 15:15 : Break and Google Form Submission

15:15 - 16:15 : Code, Code and Code

18:15 - 19:00 : Dinner

19:00 - 21:00 : Code, Code and Code

21:00 : Debrief and Dismiss


Day Two - 8 May 2014 (Thursday)

09:30 - 09:45 : Day Two Welcome Speech

09:45 - 12:30 : Code, Code and Code

12:30 - 13:30 : Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 : Code, Code and Code

15:30 - 17:00 : First Round of Pitching (Each API Sponsor will select 3-6 teams to proceed)

17:00 - 17:15 : Break

17:15 - 17:30 : End of Hackathon and Announcement of Results.


Demo Day - 17 May 2014 (Saturday)

11:00 - 11:15: Registration

11:15 - 12:30: First round of pitching by finalists

12:30 - 13.30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:30: Second round of pitching by remaining finalists

15:30 - 15.45: Tea break and results collation

15:45 - 16:30: Announcement of winners




Overall Hackathon winner:

  • USD 1000
  • Champion Trophy
  • 12 months x USD $2000 of SoftLayer infrastructure
  • More coming up...

Hackathon 1st runner up:

  • USD 600
  • Silver Trophy
  • 12 months x USD $1000 of SoftLayer infrastructure
  • More coming up...

Hackathon 2nd runner up:

  • USD 300
  • Bronze Trophy
  • 12 months x USD $1000 of SoftLayer infrastructure
  • More coming up...





TackThis aims to increase the number of channels and platforms that sellers can leverage on, and also to understand their businesses better for effective selling.

 Use TackThis APIs to build an application on TackThis platform to solve some of the problems stated below. You may also explore other applications that add unique value to TackThis users.

 1) Text-based selling

With the prevelance of text-messaging and social apps (e.g. Line, WeChat, Viber, Instagram, Whatsapp, Telegram, Twitter etc) in Southeast Asia, sellers are increasingly using such channels to communicate and collect orders from their customers.

However sellers are not able to track and manage orders or queries from these channels efficiently.

Sellers will also have to repost their new product offerings to these channels after uploading them to TackThis increasing their hassle.

 2) Analytics

As TackThis allows sellers to sell across multiple platforms, sellers are not able to effectively analyse how their traffic is being converted to sales, and also on areas where they can improve their cart abandonment.

3) Mobile App (Android)

Sellers currently do not have the means to launch their own retail mobile app on Google Play with TackThis shop and manage its content within the TackThis platform.

Judging Criteria:

  • User experience to seller and buyer (if applicable)

  • Innovation and creativity

  • Uniqueness

  • App completeness

  • Commercial appeal


  • 1st Prize:  S$1,000 cash reward
  • Runner-up:  iPad Mini



piktochart_hackathonPiktochart is an infographic editor application for non-designers. We are looking for talented developers to join our team as we build a product for a global audience. It is exciting times for us as we will soon hit our 1 millionth user milestone.

We are a team of 20 twenty-somethings who call Penang home. We are a diverse team, passionate about what we do and looking for people who will share in this passion with us. If you are an overcomer, have a great sense of humour and will actively contribute to Pikto-life, come join us!

To apply for this role, please complete this challenge: Build the "Most Innovative Javascript App". Here are some things that we are looking for:

  • A well rounded app which is able to solve problems.
  • The ability to comment, indent and structure code.
  • The app is well tested and not buggy, performance is not laggy and it is cross browser compatible.
  • Extra points if you do not use any libraries.

If we like your programming, we will fast track your application and you’ll hear from us within 2 days. There will be an interview with the co-founders and two other people from the Piktochart team to get to know you better.


Winner will take home a cash prize of SGD$1000.


Challenges Coming Soon

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Challenges Coming Soon

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Challenges Coming Soon

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  • You can formulate and plan your hack ideas beforehand, but no code should be written before the Hackathon start.
  • You need to be working on at least one of the challenges at the hackathon
  • No restriction to group numbers, but 3 to 4 members should suffice. Think twice before going any higher than that
  • One team, one product. No more than that
  • You can code in any language and for any platform. No restrictions.
  • No outsourcing is allowed. Every line of code and every pixel should be done within your group and during the hackathon itself
  • Asking for advice from APIs, platform, and language supporters is encouraged
  • No powerpoint slides should be used for pitch. Cut the bullshit. Head on straight to demo. You only have 180 seconds
  • If any one of the rules is broken, the entire team will be disqualified. and we have done it before. Please don’t ruin the competition for everyone else.


1. Will food be provided?

Yes! Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

2. Is this Hackathon only for experienced developers?

No. Anyone can participate.

3. Will there be hands-on guidance for the Hackathon?

We do have consultants for each API and platform. But they will most likely be very busy. Don’t expect hands on help, do expect quick but thoughtful advice.

4. What should we bring?

a. Laptop with charger b. For mac users, please bring your VGA cable for pitches

Optional stuff: a. Mobile phones of the platform you want to code for. b. Personal mobile internet c. Water bottle for drinks

5. How can we form groups?

You can either form groups with your own friends or crash someone's group when you're there.

6. What is the judging criteria?

It's simple - based on usability and design. Bonus points will be given for good pitch and an app built to solve real-world problem.

7. How long is the pitch?

90 seconds. No powerpoint slides are allowed.

8. So how the hell do we pitch?

Simple. You can pitch/demo through a visualizer (provided by us), your laptop, or through your mobile device.

9. Do we have to use at least one of the APIs available at the hackathon?

Yes, you will have to use at least one API and opt for at least one challenge at this hackathon.

10. Are we allowed to make a complete Game Design Document before the Hackathon start?

Yes. That should be fine. Planning is okay but no lines of code should be written prior to this hackathon

11. Are we allowed to use game engine during the hackathon? (E.g. Cocos2d, Unity 3D)

Yes, that's fine.

12. For designer/artist, may we bring our own design tools (E.g. Wacom) to the Hackathon?

Yes, that's fine.

13. Are we allowed to do some research related to some available technology that we would like to use in the game? (Writing some code to know how and what can the technology do) and then use them in the hackathon?

Yes, testing is fine.

14. Is googling (for source code and references) allowed?

Yes, that's fine.

Feel free to ask question Willis any question through email at willis[at]techinasia.com.





  1. The apps developed in hackathon must be Android based.
  2. Developers must use in-apps payment using Ustore mechanism (http://u-store.co.id/developer)
  3. Developer must register at ustore to get their username and passwords (http://u-store.co.id/developer/index.php/home/register) and report to the Telkomsel PIC at the venue about the account that will be used for hackathon event.
  4. Developers must use the native android development kit to build the Apps.
  5. Developers must install the Ustore app on their phone in order to test their apps. The app can be downloaded from http://u-store.co.id/appstore/ from your android smartphone and make sure to use Telkomsel SIM card.
  6. Go to this address to find more details about Ustore in-apps mechanism: http://tsel.me/hackathon
  7. Developers can only use Rp.100 pricepoint as their in-apps price any other pricepoint used will be rejected.


  1. Developer who built the best app will get a windows smartphone
  2. Top 5 developers will have an opportunity to have a cooperation with Telkomsel (terms and condition apply)




Demonstrate the applicability of SAP HANA in addressing Indonesia-specific social or business opportunities.


  • Usage of SAP HANA platform in creating a highly efficient mobile payment processing system;

  • Can SAP technologies be used in predicting and preventing high traffic (use of Predictive Analytics component of HANA);

  • How can the natural language processing capabilities of SAP HANA platform (SAP HANA Text Analysis) be used to better understand social media?

Judging criteria:

The competing teams will be expected to present a compelling social or business scenario, demonstrate the strengths of SAP HANA platform in this context, and present a prototype implementation of the solution. The winning team will be chosen by SAP experts.


  • Top team wins 4 return air ticket (TigerAir) to Singapore

  • Lodging (Blanc Inn) provided

  • Allowance of Sgd 400 provided for the team,

  • Chance to work and learn alongside SAP developers. (Date of travel: 4-7 December).

Note: Bookings of flights and hotels will be done by Tech in Asia.




1.       Integrate your company’s App with Clickatell

2.       Integrate any other App with Clickatell’s HTTP API

3.       Build an SMS-enabled App



  • 1st Prize: Macbook air (Worth USD $1050)
  • 2nd Prize: Samsung Galaxy S4 (Worth USD $600)
  • 3rd Prize: iPad mini (Worth USD $330)





Build a Windows Store (Modern UI) game for Windows 8/8.1. Developers can use any game maker or any engine available, including Unity 3D, Construct, Game Maker, etc. Developers can also write using any language of your choice, as long as the game is a Windows Store game. Developers can see our learning site here and our primary developer website here for more reference.

Judging criteria:

Judging criteria is based on quality, idea uniqueness, and business potential.


The three best games selected be will awarded a Windows 8 tablet each.





  • Demonstrate how you can quickly create an awesome app by utilizing Kii Cloud

Judging criteria:

Please demonstrate:

  •  How Kii Cloud made it fast to develop your app
  •  How Kii Cloud made it fast to develop your app
  •  How Kii Cloud contributed to your app’s UX
  •  How much your app is worth further development and publishing thru stores


The prizes consist of cash, Tokyo trip and premium service. 

1st Prize: 

  • US$1,000 cash
  • Trip to Tokyo and work with engineers at Kii headquarter to fully utilize Kii Cloud. Up to 2 engineers are eligible.
  •  6 months Kii Cloud Pro service (valued at $1,194)

 2nd Prize: 

  • US$600 cash
  • 6 months Kii Cloud Pro service (valued at $1,194)

3rd Prize: 

  • US$300 cash
  • 6 months Kii Cloud Pro service (valued at $1,194)

Opera Software


Since version 15, Opera for desktop now supports most Chrome extension APIs, in addition to its own Opera-specific extension APIs. Use the tutorials, sample extensions and API documentation on http://dev.opera.com/extension-docs/ as a starting point, and build an extension for the Opera browser for desktop. Examples of the extensions built:  https://addons.opera.com/extensions/

Judging criteria:

  • must provide a clear added value to the browsing experience
  • no external scripts are allowed: all scripts must be included inside the extension
  • good UX is important
  • pretty graphics are a plus
  • support for multiple languages is a plus


  • The top team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
  • The second and third team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” each.
  • In addition, a good extension built will also be featured on Opera’s browser.





Build an App that relate to some functions;

1. Photoprint;

  • App will have the capability for ordering a physical printing method (photo album, etc).
  • Most creative concept of photo & print will be the winner

2. Game that use qwerty keyboard as a tool to play;

  • Game should be a multiplayer game
  • Score submission is a must.

3. Productivity app suit for Indonesian market insight;

  • There are many types of productivity app. Unfortunately not all of them suit for Indonesia market
  • Application can be in various category
    • education
    • working assistant
    • life support app


  • Photo print; create your cartoon character and print/e-card/etc
  • Productivity app; math game, language learning, school evaluation, etc

Judging Criteria:

Apps will be judged based on:

  • Uniqueness
  • Innovation and creativity
  • UI design & overall user experience
  • App completeness
  • Commercial appeal


  • 3 sets of winners for each category:
    • 1st prize: Cyrus Ceri ; with 12 months free internet quota.
    • 2nd prize: Cyrus Apel;with 12 months free internet quota.
    • 3rd prize: Cyrus Glory;with 12 months free internet quota.
  • Possibility to be pre-embeded in Cyrus Handsets




Build an app in one of the below categories.

  • Games & Graphics
  • Media & Video
  • Music & Audio
  • Camera & Photography
  • Security
  • Print

Team Size:

  • 1 to 3 members


  • Intel Software Tools for Android Developers (HAXMTBBIPPGPA)
  • Intel Android NDK
  • Intel XDK
  • Participants must build their apps/solution for Android Platform that runs on Intel Architecture

Judging Criteria:

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Finish the app/hack by 29 November 2013.


  • 1st Prize: Lenovo K900 and Intel go-to-market program
  • 2nd & 3rd prize: Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10" + Intel go-to-market program




Build an app that solves a local problem (e.g. problem with Jakarta), with an ad monetization implementation that is least intrusive and provides maximum value to users


  • Photo print; create your cartoon character and print/e-card/etc
  • Productivity app; math game, language learning, school evaluation, etc

Judging Criteria:

  1. Must identify local issue.
  2. Must provide a good solution to issue.
  3. Must incorporate Android Design Principles.
  4. Read through the Android Design guideline to make sure you build a good quality android app http://developer.android.com/design/index.html
  5. Must integrate AdMob into UX in a non-intrusive manner.

Open an AdMob account in www.AdMob.com and download the SDK to be integrated in your app


  • 1st Prize: Nexus 4, and Nexus 10
  • 2nd Prize: Nexus 4, and Nexus 7
  • 3rd Prize: Nexus 7

Millennial Media



Custom prizes for top developers that download and install Millennial Media's iOS or Android SDK 5.1 into their app. Developing an app with a monetization strategy built into the UX is critical to running a successful developer business.


  1. Sign up for an mMedia account here
  2. Email your account to seagms@millennialmedia.com with email header: [TechinAsia Hackathon 2013]
  3. Install Millennial Media's iOS or Android SDK 5.1 into the app, integrate banner and/or interstitial ads, and send test impressions
  4. Monetization strategy must be creative and not interrupt the UX of the app


  • 1st: Nexus 7 LTE 32GB, $500 MM advertising credits, Patagonia backpack
  • 2nd: Nexus 7 Wifi 16GB, $250 MM advertising credits, Patagonia backpack
  • 3rd: $250 MM credits, Patagonia backpack




Build an application from scratch or enhance an existing app using the Progress Rollbase Hosted Cloud (See here). Demo your app from end user point of view.


  • A Rollbase application that makes daily life easier for Indonesians or any other ASEAN country.
  • A Rollbase application with live traffic monitoring capabilities to help motorists save time and money.

Judging Criteria:

Apps will be judged based on:

  • Uniqueness
  • Innovation and creativity
  • UI design & overall user experience
  • App completeness
  • Commercial appeal


  • 1st: Macbook Air 13"
  • 2nd: iPad 2
  • 3rd: iPad Mini

Top team wins a chance to work on live projects for 5 days with Progress Rollbase System Engineer on Jan 20 – 24, 2014. Progress Personnel will travel to Jakarta to work alongside the winning team.



Build a mobile app or web-based app that uses Nexmo’s API (SMS + Voice)

API Guidelines:https://docs.nexmo.com/

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity & Innovation: Does it solve a problem in a creative or never-seen-before way?
  • Technical Achievement: Did the participant(s) solve a hard technical problem? Did they get a working demo completed within the allotted time? Enhances or adds to the features/functionality of Nexmo.
  • Impact: Would the application have real social impact? Can it change the world, or at least help someone in your community?
  • Presentation: how well do you present and demo your product?


Best Mobile App

  • 1st Prize: US$ 600 cash
  • 3 x Consolation Prize: US$100 worth of Nexmo credits

Best Web-based App

  • 1st Prize: US$ 600 cash
  • 3 x Consolation Prize: US$100 worth of Nexmo credits



Integrate and monetizes with Buzzcity now with your App/Site.


  • Register an account with Buzzcity here.
  • Email your account to publishers@buzzcity.com with email header: TechinAsia Hackathon by 15 November 2013
  • BuzzCity’s API/SDK are found here  (Not applicable for Automated Android Wrapper)
  • All registering clicks have to be comply to BuzzCity’s Click Fraud Policy. (** Adopting unacceptable business ethics to increase clicks artificially will be disqualified.)
  • Any queries, please email to publishers@buzzcity.com
  • **Winner will be notified by phone or email.


  • Top 3 developers will earn twice of the revenue earned for the first three months.



Shopify merchants are able to customize their Shopify store functionality with Shopify Apps (https://apps.shopify.com/), however, there are still several functionalities which merchants would love to have in order to grow their business in Asia. Use the Shopify API documentations on http://docs.shopify.com/api to build an application on the Shopify platform which have the solutions to the problems as described below. You may also explore applications which provide unique value to Shopify merchants. Demonstrate your app from the merchant's point of view.

  • Uploading product images requires constant cropping and resizing on Shopify.
  • I am unable to readily translate my English language store to Asian languages such as Bahasa Indonesa, Melayu and Mandarin.
  • If I want to market my products on other marketplaces (e.g. Tokobagus, Gmarket), I have to upload them manual one by one. If only there is a tool which is integrated to these marketplaces.

Judging Criteria:

  • Team must have signed up for a Shopify developer account (instructions can be found on http://docs.shopify.com/api/the-basics/getting-started)
  • Innovation and Uniqueness
  • User experience for the merchant and the end customer
  • Commercial appeal (Solutions to the provided examples will be given higher recognition as they are faced by merchants daily)
  • App completeness


  • Ipad Mini 4G 32GB Black
  • Ipad Mini 4G 16GB White
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE White


JalanTikus Android Developer Challenge is a chance for Android developer to create an app and promote it for free through JalanTikus.com website and community, the biggest free and legal download website in Indonesia.


Build an app for Android from any categories available in Google Play Store

Challenge Mechanism :

o   Subject : [StartupAsia Jakarta HACKATHON 2013] JalanTikus Android Developer Challenge

  • Name/ Email :
    • 1.     …./…. (if any)
    • 2.     …/… (if any)
    • 3.     …/… (if any)
    • 4.     …/…  (if any)
  • Apps Name : (optional)
  • Apps Category : (optional)
  • Short apps description : (optional)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Individual or team entries are welcome.
  • Build and app for Android from any categories available in Google Play Store.
  • Submitted app had never been published or took part in any other similar contest.
  • App must be compatible with Samsung Galaxy Y (GT-S5360) and Galaxy Tab 2 (GT-P3100) (most popular device with JalanTikus users).
  • Entries can only submit one application for the challenge.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity & innovation: how you can propose an innovative/creative solution to our problem
  • Usability/ease of function: user-friendliness of proposed idea


  • 1st place : Cash reward Rp. 5.000.000
  • 2nd place : Cash reward Rp. 3.000.000
  • 3rd place : Cash reward Rp. 2.000.000

3 winner apps will be featured on JalanTikus website and communities.



Propose an improvement to our current messaging system that will make communication between employers and freelancers using our site easier, simpler, and overall, better. API documentation here.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity & innovation: how you can propose an innovative/creative solution to our problem
  • Usability/ease of function: user-friendliness of proposed idea


  • 1st winner = 3-month free premium membership  + Rp 1,000,000 credits on Freelancer.com
  • 2nd  winner = 3-month free standard membership + Rp 500,000 credits on Freelancer.com
  • 3rd winner = 3-month free basic membership + Rp 500,000 credits on Freelancer.com


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